My wife and I booked a safari in Tanzania with one of the local operators. We needed a total of 3 nights in Arusha - on the day of our arrival, on the day of finishing the safari, and one more, because we decided to do a walking safari in Arusha Park. The safari operator recommended Arusha Tourist Inn and we agreed. We didn't book the hotel directly, it was done through the tour operator. We paid only $30 per night per person B&B (maybe the operator had some discount when booking through them, not sure about the prices when booking directly), which was really quite cheap, and the hotel turned out to be of a suprisingly high standard. We've seen in our time some hotels that claimed a 4-star standard, which were significantly worse.
The room was squicky clean. The bathroom was really nice and in excellent condition - everything worked, which is not always the case in Africa :) A large sink, a nice toilet and a shower cabin, everything looking nice and clean.
Our double bed was large and comfortable, the bedding fresh and looking brand new. The mosquito net was well designed, it covered the whole bed without making it a tent ;) Watch out for holes in it though, we happened to find one, but it was easy to work around with the rest of the net. Every day a sealed bottle of water was supplied (we use it when brushing our teeth in Africa), together with clean towels, standard hotel soap and shampoo (we brought are own so we didn't use it, but it's always reassuring to know it's there just in case). There was a mosquito net frame installed in the window, so we could keep the window open without worrying about insects. A number of power sockets were in the walls, for us it was really nice, since we always carry a lot of equipment that needs regular recharging. Despite some hot weather it was always cool in the room, event though there was no air conditioning.
The hotel has a nice restaurant that serves different types of food - African, continental, Indian. There's also a bar with a choice of drinks. Nothing very fancy, but for this kind of money it was nice and clean.
Also, in the same building, just at the exit onto Sokoine Road (one of Arusha's main roads), there is a very good Indian restaurant - reasonably priced with a very high quality of food. If you like true Indian food, you should deifinitely go there :)
The hotel has 5 floors, and it has a nice modern lift. The staff is helpful with the luggage and everything else.
When looking for minuses, I only can think of a few:
- sometimes there was no power at all; it wasn't the hotel's fault, after all, it's Tanzania :) They have their own generator, but they use it only after sunset. So, if a power outage happens during the day, no can do - any recharging must wait until evening.
- there was a free wifi connection. But it didn't work on all the floors. Somehow it was working only between 2nd and 3rd floor, and only for about 10 minutes at one go. After that it would stop working and a reconnect was required, and it could take some minutes after the system would let you in again.
- the hotel is situated almost in the very center of town; which means that you will hear the traffic sounds till late hours.
For us, those flaws weren't a problem at all.
Summarizing - very good value for money, high standard, clean. Definitely worth staying in if you need a reasonably priced, high standard overnight in Arusha.
- Also Known As:
- Arusha Tourist Hotel Arusha